Meet the Staff

Andrew Brewer

Owner

Voted co-salutatorian of his high school, class, Andrew Brewer grew up right here in Central Vermont and bought his first pair of skis (wooden Asnes Markas) from Onion River Sports when he was 10. A few short years later he was hired by Warren, the founder of Onion River Sports, to wrench on bikes and sweep the floors. This work experience prepared him to study political science at the University of Vermont, earning a non-business degree that in turn left him uniquely prepared to run a bike shop. Excelling as a multi-state champion bike racer who competed in a number of Olympic trials, Andrew moved to Salt Lake City after college to race bikes and ski bum for a season. Seven years later he was still ripping the Wasatch when Warren sought him out to deliver an offer Andrew couldn’t refuse, so he returned home to manage Onion River Sports. Andrew took over the company in 2000 and expanded the business to include three brick-and mortar retail, stores and three nationwide online retailers. In the years since he has built one big, accomplished, athletic, outdoor-loving, misfit family of mostly English majors to staff the stores. When he’s not yelling “Get to work!” from his stand-up desk he can be found fat biking, skiing, raking the beach at the family camp on Conway Lake in New Hampshire, and holding down the stool by the window at the corner taproom. He still hasn’t figured out what a salutatorian is. Andrew drives a 2012 Toyota Tacoma with a Thule XPorter truck bed system.

Rack James

Rack Video Superstar

When Rack James was a young boy growing up in a small lobster village in Downeast Maine, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut. But at age 18, just before entering astronaut school he was struck by lightning while attempting to swim the length of Moosehead Lake using only the doggy paddle. Fortunately, he survived and was rescued by a fisherman trolling for land locked salmon, but his brush with death profoundly changed him, and a new dream to relocate to Vermont to star in dozens of low budget car rack instructional videos for ORS Racks Direct was born, and the rest is history. Rack James drives a 1999 Chrysler Sebring with a Hollywood F4 strap rack for trips with his beach cruiser to the Maine coast.

Ryan Leclair

Customer Service Specialist/Creative Content Producer

Ryan started working in the outdoor industry in his beloved home state of Maine in 1991 and he knows a thing or two about outdoor gear. Thanks to six grueling years of undergraduate studies earning him an English degree, Ryan was hired at ORS in 2000, which makes him one of the longest running employees in the company’s history, and it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere anytime soon. He has spent what he hopes is enough time on a bicycle, on a snowboard, on skis, in a whitewater kayak, and in hiking boots to hold him over while he raises his two little girls with his lovely wife. Ryan drives a sick 2013 Subaru Forester with a Thule 450 Rapid Crossroad system with a Yakima Skybox 16 cargo box, a Yakima Forklift bike rack and a Thule 528 Sprint fork bike rack.

Jon Conti

Warehouse Manager/Buyer

Jon grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, then spent a couple of years in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, before finally settling down (at least for now) in the Green Mountains of Vermont. See a pattern there? Yup, he loves the mountains for their natural beauty and great skiing, biking and hiking terrain. You name it; Jon has done it or is willing to try. That includes snowboarding; alpine, Nordic and tele skiing; mountain, road and cyclocross biking; canoeing and kayaking; and even skydiving and bungee jumping. And whenever possible, Finn the Adventure Dog is right there by his side.

Matt Spence

Customer Service Specialist

Our resident competitive cyclist and fitness guru, Matt grew up in New Hampshire and after a Photography stint in New York City, he felt the call of the Green Mountain State. When not educating folks on the finer points of Backcountry skiing or Racing Snowshoe selection, Matt can usually be found eating up pavement miles on one of his many road bikes (need advice on where to ride in Vermont, just ask Matt), or if autumn is approaching he’ll be tearing up the cyclocross race circuit. The muddier the course the better is his mantra. Most recently and with great approval of his workmates, he has developed quite the brewers thumb and has been brewing some fine batches, even entering a few statewide homebrew contests. Matt drives a 2011 VW Golf with a Yakima Q Tower System, which he loves since it is so quick to take on and off.

James Richardson

Shipping/Receiving

As one of our longest serving employees James has been packing orders, mounting skis and installing racks with love for over a decade. He’s so good at it we even let him drill a permanent system into the roof of the company Ford F150. His spare time revolves around his young son, hunting and fishing with his family and scouting for his moose guiding business. If you’re ever in Vermont and wish to see some wildlife, ask James to guide you, he has an incredible gift of locating critters just about anywhere. James drives a 2006 Toyota Tundra with TracRac G2 sliding rack system.

Chanel Provost

Graphic Arts Specialist

Born and raised in Barre, Vermont, Chanel Provost found her passion in art at an early age. It was not until high school when she discovered her love for graphic design. She pursued her love of arts further by attending Lyndon State College and leaving with a B.S. in Graphic Design. In her spare time, she enjoys getting outdoors with her family, finding new adventures, and can’t wait to teach her young son how to ride a bike! Chanel drives 2015 Kia Optima with a Yakima Baseline system.

Caroline Zeilenga

In-house Creative Copywriter

Caroline grew up in rural Vermont without cable or a ride anywhere, which meant she spent a Lot of time playing outside. She joined the Onion River Sports family as a sales associate in 2005, transitioning to in-house copywriting in 2011. In between work at ORS Caroline has busied herself riding buses through Central America, car camping across the country (she’s awfully glad she bought a cargo box), milking sheep in northern Vermont, and earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. On days off you’ll find her fly fishing, trail running, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, wood splitting, or snuggling with her dogs in her yurt. Caroline drives a 2004 Honda CRV with factory crossbars. She uses a couple of RockyMounts Pitchforks for biking and a Thule Force cargo box for skiing in the winter and camping in the summer.

Tristan Von Duntz

Staff Photographer

Tristan from an early age was forged in the fires of the Episcopal Christ Church Cathedral as a young frail boy soprano. Unable to find a date through high school, he absorbed himself in music, drank a little, and found his way through many long auditions to the Hart School of music as an Opera Musical theater major. Like a lot of young college students, partying was infinitely more fun than going to class. Abandoning the stage, he found himself in Florida.... for seven months at Disney World. Two ladies later, back in Connecticut he found his dream woman and discovered long distance hiking. Together they wandered the Long Trail, the John Muir Trail and the Appalachian Trail, which lead him eventually to Vermont. He now resides with his beautiful partner Sarah, their chocolate lab, Oden, and daughter, Elise Autumn, in the hills of Marshfield. When not behind a lens he loves mountains, clean air and water, single-track, dirt, dogs and a good cookie. Tristan drives a 2014 Subaru Crosstrek with a Thule T2 platform hitch bike rack for year round biking.

Finn Conti

Finn the Adventure Dog

Finn the Adventure Dog is like many other canines in that he loves trucks, sniffing butts, and cleaning up after lunch. Finn the Adventure Dog also loves romping around in the woods. It doesn’t matter if it is a family hike; a dawn patrol ski; or a mountain bike ride. The longer the better. And, to sustain his energy in the backcountry, nothing beats all natural and organic deer power pellets.

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